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Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

DRACONIAN

DEFINITION:
Rigorous; unusually severe or cruel.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
There are no proposals on the table to make draconian cuts or to make every American pay a fee or tax.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/11/2017

Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!


1. Renegade

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.


2. Virtuoso

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.


3. Ozone

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.


4. Stereotype

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.


5. Maneuver

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

To cringe in fear

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.


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